Unai Emery sacked: Ten contenders to replace the Spaniard as Arsenal manager
Unai Emery has been sacked as head trainer so who would become the Spaniard’s permanent successor at the Emirates Stadium?
Emery, who substituted Arsene Wenger at the sumer of 2018, was relieved of his responsibilities on Friday morning following the Gunners’ home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt from the Europa League – an outcome that signifies Arsenal are in their worst run since 1992.
Arsenal, who travel to confront Norwich live on Super Sunday, sit eight points and are winless in seven matches.
With Emery’s passing comes a chapter – but who is next to take the top job in the Emirates Stadium? We assess some of the frontrunners for the job…
Nuno Espirito Santo, who has guided up to now this period to Wolves and secured European football season, emerged as the favourite for the hotseat as Emery’s reign drew to a close.
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson thinks the Portuguese manager went as far as telling him for the job at the Gunners on Soccer Saturday, and is great enough to handle a few of the top six teams of the Premier League.
But would he be enticed to depart Wolves for Arsenal? When pressed about the speculation earlier this week, the Wolves boss swerved the question. “You know me and you also know I am not going to answer this,” he explained.
Sky Bet chances: 5/6
Moved to the first-team training setup in the summertime, Ljungberg is s short price to take the job on a full-time foundation and has been validated as supervisor.
The Swede, who won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups as a player with Arsenal, led the club reserves last year and it had been his job with the younger players who prompted his promotion into Emery’s first-team training set-up.
And with the likes of Reiss Nelson, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Joe Willock enjoying breakthrough seasons at the club, the connection with all all the younger members of this squad of Ljungberg may be a element.
Handing Ljungberg the best job in the Emirates would be a enormous threat, but he is somebody who knows this club’s values. Ljungberg might be given the reigns on a permanent foundation at Manchester United in the identical way as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if he had been to impress a short term basis.
Sky Bet chances: 13/8
Prior to Emery’s appointment, Arteta was heavily linked with the job at Arsenal.
Considering hanging up his boots that are playing leaving Arsenal in the summer of 2016, the Spaniard has been studying his trade.
He’s helped City win also an FA Cup, two League Cups and two Premier League titles, while he was blamed in helping to bring out the best in Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling during the name triumph in 2018.
A question mark is on his lack of expertise as a number one, but as a former Arsenal player he understands the club well and he has been backed for a success in a leading job one day by his boss. “He’s already an amazing manager and he will have incredible success later on,” explained Pep Guardiola.
Sky Bet odds: 8/1
It would have appeared farfetched – and maybe it does but Mauricio Pochettino is among the favorites to be the Arsenal boss. The Argentine is sure to be a man in-demand after his sacking by Tottenham, but can he cross the north London divide?
It could be a hell of a story and – rivalries – it’s easy to see Arsenal might be curious. Pochettino may have fallen at Spurs, but he changed the club’s identity, leading them to four successive top-four endings – not to mention that a Champions League final – .
Arsenal are sure if they do go , to confront competition. Bayern Munich have been reportedly excited to carry conversations with him within the vacancy at the Allianz Arena, and he has also been linked with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United.
Sky Bet odds: 9/1
They can do a lot worse than turn to Benitez, if Arsenal want someone to shore them up at the trunk and also make them difficult to conquer. Also a return to England would surely be appealing although the Spaniard, who famously led Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2005, is currently working in China.
Even the 59-year-old, a La Liga-winner with Valencia earlier that Champions League triumph with Liverpool, has additionally won silverware together with Chelsea, Inter Milan and Napoli. His Real Madrid tenure did not go to plan, but his standing was reconstructed by him at Newcastle in situation.
Sky Bet chances: 12/1
Allegri is another who was regarded as a replacement for Wenger.
Now from job after leaving Juventus in the end of last year, the 52-year-old has an excellent track record, winning the Serie A title in each of his seasons in charge at the Turin club and directing them to two Champions League finals during his tenure.
Reports indicate Arsenal, interviewed the Italian, who won the Serie A title with AC Milan with a view to taking over before eventually losing out into Emery. His name is guaranteed to be in the running .
Sky Bet odds: 11/1
The Arsenal legend would be a popular option with the club’s fans.
Vieira adopted Tony Adams as captain in 2002, directing the group and Arsenal fans would assert that he has never been replaced.
A natural leader are a welcome addition to a squad that’s been accused of missing characters. However, does his CV that is Licensed match around that of other candidates?
The Frenchman started his coaching career resulting in the book team before departing for America. He is now in charge at Nice but following a solid first season where they finished seventh, they’ve fought for form throughout the effort, leaving them at the bottom half of this desk.
In case the Gunners desired appoint and to stick to the Chelsea model someone at a similar vein to Frank Lampard. Then Vieira would be the guy.
Sky Bet chances: 22/1
Rodgers has been a hit from Celtic with all the Foxes playing some football on the way and mounting a challenge for a Champions League spot.
The Liverpool boss was reportedly left the shortlist of candidates to replace Arsene Wenger at 2018, however under consideration, he will surely be after a spell at Celtic and his immediate impact in the King Power Stadium this time around.
However, are the 46-year-old leave high-flying Leicester for Arsenal?
It is a question which would have been simple to answer but Leicester seem to be a group up while the Gunners head from the opposite direction.
Sky Bet odds: 25/1
Can Arsenal opt for Premier League adventure? With Rodgers improbable to leave Leicester through the season, Howe could be the next cab off the rank.
Directed Bournemouth to the top-flight from League Two. He has since established them as a Premier League side that was stable.
A lack of experience at a big club could play with the 41-year-old, as could Bournemouth struggles, but there is still lots of space left for improvement if the Gunners see him as a longterm choice.
Sky Bet odds: 25/1
He caused a lot of troubles as a participant but would their issues are solved by him ?
Gerrard’s name is a surprise inclusion to your project getting impressed during his time in charge of Rangers among the bookmakers’ favourites. His side sit level on issues with Celtic at the peak of the Premiership and they’re currently going strong in the Europa League as well.
Sky Bet chances: 28/1
Whereas Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is the price, atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone and RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann so are equally 33/1 shots and possess plenty of admirers.
Chris Wilder steered Sheffield United to victory over Arsenal and will be earning a lot of plaudits because he blends defensive solidarity and a soccer style, but could he depart the Blades? Wilder is a 50/1 punt – as is France boss Didier Deschamps.
*Sky Bet odds subject to fluctuation and correct at 1010.
Arsenal journey to Norwich on Sunday at 2pm in the Premier League, live on Sky Sports, while their last Europa League group-stage battle reaches Standard Liege on December 12 at 5.55pm.